Style Types: Your Best Hair
Here are hairstyle ideas for the two-identity blends.
For each blend, the suggestions are jumping-off points. Use them as inspirations.
If you're a blend of three identities, try combining suggestions from the different two-ID blends that apply to you. For example, if you're a Romantic-Ethereal-Natural, take a look at suggestions for Romantic Ethereal, Romantic Natural, and Ethereal Natural.
Don't know your style identity? Try the Style ID Calculator!
Romantic Ethereal: Aphrodite
Soft & flowing.
Fullness and height at the crown.
Long, luscious and full.
Low side pull-backs.
Touchable curls or waves.
Soft, sexy updos with lots of free curls.
Ethereal Gamine: The Sprite.
Spunky, diaphanous, floaty, boyish, tousled.
Short and wispy.
Cute or witty "period" looks.
Playful, unexpected braids.
This post first appeared in January of 2016.
1/12/2016 10:33:56 am
Great post. I am a Romantic with curly hair that I prefer to wear short. Any ideas for short haired Romantics? It seems like it's a major faux pas to be a romantic and not have long hair. Thanks.
1/17/2016 05:56:19 am
It's true that, all things being equal, your Romantic-ness is going to be most reflected in longer hair. But if you are set on wearing it short, I'd focus on making everything else about it as Romantic as you can: wear it curly, make sure it looks a bit styled (instead of wash-and-wear), keep it soft and touchable (not stiff) and go for a side part.
1/12/2016 01:05:48 pm
Great idea for a post! I love the accompanying pictures for each type. I have a question....You’ve talked about wearing the colors and lines already present in us to look the most beautiful. Does that apply to hair, as well? What would you do, for instance, if you were purely a Classic in face and body but had wild, crazy, curly hair? Would you keep your hair authentic and assume you must be a Classic with another style type, or would you try to bring your hair under control so it matched the lines in your face and body?
1/17/2016 05:49:50 am
This is such a great question, and one I've wrestled with for a few years. I'm now convinced that the answer is to make one's hair match one's style identity. Now, I do think that this mostly involves the right cut, and shouldn't entail expensive or time-consuming procedures. A Dramatic with lush, full curls, for example, can do Dramatic hair with a little gel or a buzz cut.
1/15/2016 03:47:40 pm
Even though I have one of those oval, balanced faces that beauty articles constantly say can pull off all kinds of hairstyles, this article goes a long way to help me understand why so many of these look terrible on me.
1/19/2016 03:47:19 am
Thanks for the list. I would love suggestions for long and short hair for every type since there seems to be always one recommended length and if you do not like it, it's more or less your own problem.
1/19/2016 10:07:06 am
3/10/2019 11:11:33 pm
I am soft classic but I feel the same way. I like long hair, but it needs to be off my face. I curl it, and part it down the middle, then I wear it off my face with hair combs. This creates a sweep on the sides of my face, and the hair falls behind my ears so it still looks long from the front, but doesn't cover my face. Sometimes I will do a deep side part and pull one side back like Veronica Lake. Sometimes I have curtain bangs that reach my cheekbones, so there is still a little hair in front of my face when I pull the rest back, but it looks polished.
1/26/2016 06:01:05 pm
1/28/2016 04:31:54 pm
Gosh… If it's a tight bun, the effect is probably going to be one that would flatter a Dramatic -- only they look really good with their hair completely slicked back.
1/29/2016 04:31:56 pm
Thank you for the help!
1/29/2016 02:23:18 pm
Dear Rachel, I have a question for you that I hope you will find intriguing ;-).
1/29/2016 03:30:12 pm
DC + Soft Summer
4/23/2016 05:22:24 am
What about Soft Classics? My friend is a one and she has these perfectly straight, stiff hair that slip out of any updo (other than a simple braid at least) and straighten in like 5 minutes after they were intensely curled for an hour. I wonder if there is a haircut or hairstyle that would enhance her beauty.
4/28/2016 07:48:26 am
I'm thinking that if a Romantic Classic has straight, stiff hair, the best choice would be a short, layered cut, to provide as much body as possible.
4/28/2016 07:50:11 am
Soft Summer Dramatic Classic... I can't think of a perfect example right now, but you know who I think is close? Carmen Electra.
DC + Soft Summer
5/26/2016 03:48:22 am
Thank you so much, Rachel! I really admire your work and dedication, the whole blog is such a treasure chest.
5/26/2016 05:32:33 pm
Oh, thank you so much. :-))
5/20/2016 03:56:57 am
Hi! I want to thank you for writing so many wonderful articles. I was wondering if you could make a similar post about glasses. As someone with very bad eyesight, glasses are a big part of my life and I would like to know which shapes are most flattering.
5/25/2016 07:40:13 pm
I think that cut would look exactly right on a Dramatic Gamine. On a Gamine or Classic Gamine, I think it would not be the best look. But it's such a *fun* cut -- if it makes you happy, follow that feeling. ? That's the point of all of this, I think.
9/7/2016 11:13:04 am
Very interesting! Long flowing hair has always been an essential part of my identity, and I now believe I have a strong Ethereal element in my id... (Probably an Ethereal-Romantic-Ingenue). But the question is, women over 45 or so are not "supposed" to have long flowing hair, many even call it "aging", so what is an Ethereal woman to do when she gets older? Especially the Ethereal-Romantic... Just ignore the nay-sayers and keep the long flowing hair? ;)
10/28/2016 03:59:50 pm
I'm loving all these posts about hair. As someone with a difficult face shape to deal in matter of haircuts (a rounded square), something a little bigger like a Gamine, actually a Classic-Gamine-Natural, I've never seen anyone quite with this kind of face and I have a hard time deciding on which haircut works best. I can't wear straight bangs whatsoever but I find a little bit shaggy, layered hair with straight bangs and the rest left naturally curled, along with some volume at the top works. Or baby bangs, as long as they are not too short. Everyday I wake up with a different hairstyle, so pff lol. Can't seem to work out to wear it short, very short is out of discussion but middle lenght to long seems to be a go-to. Anyone got the same problem with this type of hair and face? :\
7/16/2018 09:02:09 am
I know this comment is from a long time ago but I feel your pain as a NCG when it comes to hair. I don't think short hair would suit me either. I've had shaggy shoulder length NG-style hair and that wasn't great. Long seems to be too much hair. Now I have a blunt lob but that's not right either. It kinda feels like I'm always wearing a wig :D Like my hair is saying something different to my face. The search continues...
3/17/2019 05:40:46 am
I too am a NCG, and find long face framing layers work well. Nothing like a true shag, just a very simple cut that works equally well pulled back in a ponytail or updo (to bring out the classic or gamine) but leaving some face framing side bangs, or down to bring out the natural. Trust me it took years to find my hairstyle, and supercuts is not the place to go for it.
5/19/2019 08:27:14 am
I know this post is from a while ago (😉), but I thought I'd chime in just in case it helps anyone. I'm a DNG (80% NG), and I face the same problem. In fact, my hair journey has been very similar to yours, Ella. However, looking back through pictures of me has been very helpful in identifying what I think is my best cut, and that is a long pixie. It has to be long to balance out my somewhat-larger-than-straight-gamine facial features, but when I have this cut, I actually look cute and, dare I say, pretty. Too short or too long and I look much more mannish and/or older. Hope this is helpful to someone!
9/29/2019 08:08:07 am
Just an update: I'm starting to think hair texture is an important factor, which means there's no one-size-fits-all solution. For any NCGs out there, I've been doing some research based on women I think are NCGs (Jean Seberg, Diane Keaton, Jane Curtin, Maggie Rogers...correct me if I'm wrong).
7/29/2018 01:38:25 pm
Thanks for this post! I've always had trouble with styling my hair, however I always knew short or bobbed curly hair suited me (I'm a Soft Gamine). Could you make a post like this for makeup? You have several articles for makeup on the Seasons, and I think it would be helpful to see the same for the types.
7/29/2018 01:46:31 pm
Plus it will give readers a general idea of what makeup looks suit them i.e. contouring for Dramatics, no makeup look for Naturals, etc. Then, they can pair it with their Season to create a signature makeup look.
8/13/2018 02:51:48 pm
Would love a blog post about Bangs. I think it'd be so helpful
6/26/2019 04:49:53 am
Marta, I've always thought bangs only work for Gamines and Ingenues (and those with strong G or I in their blend), so would love some input on this as well. I do know they're not very good for me, though I have quite a lot of Ingenue (I now believe I'm probably RID with E), I just look better without bangs, though have often tried them.
6/27/2019 02:56:53 am
The type of bangs that flatter a face has also to do with proportions. Basically you need to compare your forehead + hair height thing that you are able to when you are looking at the mirror with the rest of the face.
6/27/2019 02:57:39 am
*see (forgot a word)
7/1/2019 11:16:34 am
Hi Melina! I also think bangs are for G or I because of the youthfullness. I'm an ED, 50% each essence. But, I don't look like the ideal ED. I've got a pretty rounded face without strong angles. My third essence is Gamine, then, Romantic.
7/1/2019 12:58:49 pm
Hi Ralu! The video is super interesting, but I don't know how to apply what Aly says...
9/23/2018 11:44:16 pm
I believe I am a NRI and was wondering if when you say that the hair length should be medium to long (like in the Natural-Romantic and Romantic-Ingenue) what range of length are we talking, specifically?
9/28/2018 11:14:05 pm
What kind of style would you recommend for a Romantic Classic with the hair texture in this photo?
11/4/2018 11:55:34 pm
What is the difference between wash and wear hair, and styled hair but not stiff? To me these seem one in the same and I can’t imagine... thanks!
6/24/2019 05:15:13 pm
Hi Rachel! How do you recommend people add their own style into their style ID? I really like more edgier, goth style clothing. I love the idea of the romantic-ingenue-dramatic style type. The "demure vamp." But I'm pretty sure I'm a romantic-ingenue-gamine with my most prominent type being ingenue. How can I incorporate my preferences without throwing off my overall balance since my preferences tend to be more yang (ie black lipstick, leather jackets, etc.)
6/24/2019 06:41:04 pm
Hola all! Can anyone help point me in the right direction of REG? I’ve recently realized I have Ethereal, when I initially only knew I was RG. TBH I was 100% unaware of Ethereal themed items before but I am now learning more about how my Ethereal features read within the context of society. It’s funny... I should’ve realized I was Ethereal when I saw the E board and thought they all looked normal to me 😂
6/24/2019 08:13:31 pm
6/24/2019 11:56:52 pm
Kat Graham? (don't actually think her face looks amazing next to the REG board, but she seems to look good in all of those essences individually? thought she could have dramatic but it seems overwhelming)
6/25/2019 12:52:10 am
Megan, I think the blog owner has Devon Aoki listed as EDI (and she’s on EDI Pinterest board a few times). Also, very long mermaid hair works especially well for E (tinyurl.com/y2ddy9a9), so I’m not sure that’s enough criteria for Priyanka. And I agree Kat Graham is not REG- I think she’s one of those people who dresses very well for her actual ID so that she is able to add in R without it necessarily looking bad (but not her best either). She looks amazing when she is simply dressed for her ID and doesn’t go through the extra hassle of trying to pile Romantic atop of it all. I hope this message doesn’t come across as rude(!) I’d just hate for Mary to wind up more confused considering REG is a more challenging ID to pinpoint as is
6/25/2019 01:06:58 pm
Tabitha, nope you came off as very respectful :) I think you may be right about Kat Graham adding in Romantic.
6/25/2019 07:02:54 am
Is it possible to be a RECIG? (A romantic-ethereal-classic-ingenue-gamine)
6/25/2019 01:47:39 pm
Like, today I first wore a dusty pink paperbag waist short with a light pink v-neck t-shirt and a light peach thin silk scarf in my hair and then I wore a turquoize v-neck t-shirt with a mint midi pencil skirt with my very minimalist simple champagne gold sandals and light gold earrings in the shape of a small flower with a white pearl and felt really 'me' in both of these, somewhat similar, looks.
6/26/2019 05:46:27 am
I think Prianka has Dramatic, Natural, Romantic and Ingenue.
6/27/2019 01:55:08 pm
Gitte, I do believe even 5 essences are possible, yes, though the "official" max by Rachel is 3 :)
6/25/2019 10:48:24 am
What does 'striking winged effect' mean? How does it look like?
6/25/2019 12:23:39 pm
Oasis, there are actually shoes, bags and even one set of underwear on the ED board. What I I would like to find is some everyday clothing for Ethereal Naturals but that's not easy. I will look for prints too. (:
6/25/2019 01:45:56 pm
Danielle, maybe check out the new Knox Rose line at Target? I think they have a lot of EN (occasionally with some Ingenue). I imagine Anthropology, Philanthropy, and maybe Free People has some EN items too. Altar’d State feels more ENI/CNI/RNI to me but you might be able to find something there as well!
6/28/2019 06:46:30 am
Danielle, yes, I can see :) 2 purses (great examples) but only for evening. That's way I've written to you not to give up:)
6/30/2019 02:55:32 pm
I wish people wouldn't encourage those commenters known to be very rude from their previous comments here - Danielle and Nancy as the biggest offenders. One or two non-rude comments won't change the fact, and I for one have no time for such people. (Unless someone else has been using their identity to make rude comments, but I don't think so.)
7/1/2019 03:45:17 am
KM, I wish you would stop writing these untrue, unnecessary and irrelevant comments. I for one can determine who is rude or not and I think that goes for most commenters here too.
7/1/2019 05:21:06 am
Gabrielle, I like Danielle's board too. You can get inspiration from Rachels boards, but when it comes to figuring out your style-ID I think Danielle's boards are more helpful. There are a lot of clothes from the catwalk and evening wear on Rachel's board, Danielle has more ordinary clothes for ordinary people on her boards.
6/26/2019 06:40:02 pm
How would an Ingenue-Gamine-Romantic wear her hair?
6/26/2019 08:04:06 pm
AlyArt on YouTube is RGI and so is Brigitte Bardot, I think.
6/28/2019 01:21:32 pm
Thank you, Oasis! It's nice to know that I'm appreciated.
6/28/2019 01:36:37 pm
Women within the same style-ID can look very different from each other depending on every woman's unique division of essences.
6/28/2019 03:52:37 pm
Danielle, it's more clear to me now! Thanks for explaining!
6/28/2019 03:57:09 pm
I think looking at celebrities that are typed with a lot of certainty is incredibly helpful. Its hard to be objective about yourself but its easy with strangers. You can start to familiarize yourself with lines, curves and particular features that are common with certain IDs. Two people of the same ID may not look the same, but you sure can learn a lot from being observant and noticing patterns.
7/9/2019 04:23:58 pm
Hi! Can anyone give an opinion?
7/11/2019 10:12:36 am
I think that would look very nice!
7/11/2019 09:08:04 am
a very cool and easy hairstyle to do at home
11/11/2019 10:14:09 am
Gabriella, called Katja and KM! It is rude to accuse others of being rude when they are not. First you attack someone because you hear about bad advice you' ve given and now you are lying that you didn't say a bad word.You must have some issues if you are coming back here and writing such nonsence. I feel sorry for you. You lost credibility. You cannot describe telling to agressive Katja that "maybe she is not a bad person" as"vicious attack". It's good that Katja (you) have gone. It is proove she was here only because of the arrogance and pride.
5/16/2020 05:41:32 pm
I think I am a Ethereal-Classic with probably a good chunk of dramatic. I have very thick (and heavy...) wavy hair, so I got the ethereal part down already (almost, I've been growing it long).
12/27/2020 05:59:23 am
Where's pure Classic?
8/22/2022 01:35:08 am
It's so pretty hairstyle.
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5/10/2023 09:12:28 am
I like having long hair, yet my friends always say I'm more beautiful and look younger with short hair. Thanks for posting these hairstyles. I can choose a new hairstyle for me.
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